Puppy puddle- We want to get pup used to being touched gently all over before we begin to do any brushing, grooming, bathing, nail trims or other grooming needs. This way we introduce these activities as somewhat enjoyable, not scary or intrusive. We do this by asking our pup to come cuddle with us on the floor during their calmest times of day, we want them relaxed and wanting to be massages gently- not in a hyper, playful or grumpy mood. We want to be in a distraction-free environment, be calm and move slow, talk in a calm soothing voice. While we're petting our pup gently, we say "easy" and continue to pet along the body slowly and stop if pup gets uncomfortable. Then, try again. You should allow your pup to be chewing on a teething stick or licking a spoon with some peanut butter or Kong filling paste during these exercises. Eventually, they will not mind when we touch them all over. Some areas pups may have an issue at first: Ears, paws/toes, belly, tail, mouth/teeth. Be extra slow and careful around these areas.
Nail trims- You can attempt to do this by yourself once your pup is used to having their feet, paws and nails touched. I recommend going to your vet and asking them to show you how to do this properly and safely- or better yet, just bring them to your vet or groomers! *Pro tip: Ask them to also dremel/grind down the nails after to round off the jagged edges!
Anal glands- don't have these done by your groomer, accidental injury can occur if not done by a professional at your vets office. If your pup has a smelly bum or is "scooting" or licking back there excessively, go to your vet and ask them to investigate and possibly express the anal glands them if need be. Sometimes, once you do this- you'll need to now continue to have it done. And as awesome as most groomers are, proper and thorough (internal) anal gland expression technique requires a bit of medical and anatomical training and if done incorrectly can cause injury! Also, most state laws require this internal method to be performed by a licensed veterinary professional such as your vet or licensed vet tech.
Brushing- Some dogs will require more brushing than others, depending upon their hair type. Some dogs won't require much or any! Generally, the longer and thicker the hair, the more grooming and brushing they'll require to prevent painful matts and tangles that can pull their fur and even create wounds and infections down the line! There a many types of brushes and combs but here are my favorite suggestions:
Bathing intro- Get pup used to the various elements of a bath individually so they don't get overwhelmed. To them, a bath can be a scary experience. The
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